Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions in the Armpit of Diogenes by DINGO the DISSIDENT binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Addressing another bit of Language-rot.

Anglophones (Americans especially) should understand that
to attend to, meaning to direct one's attention towards,
is categorically not the same as
to tend to, which means to have a tendency towards.
MOREOVER:
to tend something means to look after something - like a fire or a garden,
while to attend something means to be present at something - usually an event.
AND:
tender (adjective meaning soft, vulnerable or loving) has no connection with either
tender (verb meaning to offer) or (necessarily)
tender (noun with different meanings,
rarely including that of a person who tends a garden or a fire).

I hope y'all are clear about all this now.

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